Bariatric Surgery & Psychology

I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist specialising in bariatric surgery for over 10 years. I am very familiar with the pre and post op changes and adjustments that occur. I have written a self-help book (Living with Bariatric Surgery: Managing your Mind and your Weight) for people who are considering or who have had bariatric surgery.  Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing (and life-saving) event.  However, it is a psychologically challenging process. This is because of:

 

  • the degree of behaviour changes required for bariatric surgery to be successful

  • the emotional connections with food or the psychological difficulties that impact on eating​

  • the rapid and dramatic changes in weight that people may experience after surgery can create a different set of issues to deal with. 

 

The type of pre and post-surgery bariatric psychology issues that I can help with include:

 

  • Making changes and creating new habits in preparation for surgery

  • Understanding and developing strategies to manage emotional eating

  • Addressing psychological issues that affect coping and eating

  • Developing new coping skills

  • Adjustments and changes following surgery 

  • Building confidence and self-esteem

  • Body image issues

  • Problematic eating following surgery (including binge eating, food aversions and restrictive eating)

  • Maintaining weight loss

  • Managing setbacks and getting back on track

  • Weight regain